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Burkett must battle from behind today.



Byline: Carl Setterlund

COLUMN: LITTLE LEAGUE STATE SOFTBALL

WORCESTER - In quest of a long-awaited Little League state title the Lynn-Wyoma girls' softball team jumped out to a 1-0 lead in a best-of-three matchup by defeating host Jesse Burkett
    Jesse Cail Burkett (December 4, 1868 - May 27, 1953), nicknamed "The Crab", was a Major League Baseball player at the turn of the 20th century. He also was a coach in the Major Leagues under John McGraw for the New York Giants, owned and managed the minor league Worcester
    , 5-1, at Rockwood Field yesterday.

    "We've tried and tried to build our softball program and for us to be at this point, one game away from the state championship, is a proud accomplishment for Wyoma and the city of Lynn itself," manager Paul DeJoie said.

    Wyoma received shutdown pitching from Katie Cuozzo, who threw a complete game, allowing one run and six hits while striking out eight.

    Eleven-year-old Julie Marshall, daughter of Burkett manager Jim Marshall Jim Marshall is the name of:
    • Jim Marshall (U.S. politician) (born 1948), Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives
    • Jim Marshall (UK politician) (1941–2004), British Labour Party politician
    , opposed Cuozzo, striking out four while giving up two earned runs on four hits.

    Courtney Fluet tripled leading off the bottom of the first, the only extra-base hit ex┬Ětra-base hit
    n. Baseball
    A double, a triple, or a home run.
     of the game, but Burkett couldn't score.

    "Courtney Fluet has been an all-star for three years now," manager Jim Marshall said. "She's kind of the leader, she's been there before. She won a state championship last year so she's the experienced one."

    Disaster struck for Burkett in the second, when it allowed five runs on two hits and five errors.

    "We had a meltdown meltdown

    Occurrence in which a huge amount of thermal energy and radiation is released as a result of an uncontrolled chain reaction in a nuclear power reactor. The chain reaction that occurs in the reactor's core must be carefully regulated by control rods, which absorb
     inning," Marshall said. "Often in our tournament run, we've had an inning where it just seems nobody can catch the ball and they don't throw it where they should. You play a top-notch team and they take advantage of a meltdown inning."

    Wyoma first baseman Olivia DeJoie, daughter of the manager, led off the second with a single to centerfield n. 1. (Baseball) the part of the outfield directly ahead of the catcher.

    Noun 1. centerfield - the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher; "he hit the ball to deep center"
    center field, center
    .

    After a passed ball, three errors, an RBI RBI
    abbr. Baseball
    runs batted in

    Noun 1. rbi - a run that is the result of the batter's performance; "he had more than 100 rbi last season"
    run batted in
     single from catcher Victoria Vigor (2 for 3), another passed ball, and then two more errors, Wyoma found itself with the 5-0 advantage.

    Burkett couldn't score until the fourth inning when a ground-out by Molly O'Neil scored shortstop Megan D'Elia.

    Julie Marshall and right fielder right fielder
    n. Baseball
    The player who defends right field.

    Noun 1. right fielder - the person who plays right field
    outfielder - (baseball) a person who plays in the outfield
     Courtney Vail Vail (vāl), town (1990 pop. 3,569), Eagle co., W central Colo., on Gore Creek, in the Gore Range of the Rocky Mts.; founded as a ski resort 1962, inc. as a town 1966.  each had two singles for Burkett.

    Heading into today's 3 p.m. game at Rockwood, Lynn-Wyoma coach Paul DeJoie feels confident.

    Yet Jesse Burkett, the state champion in 2004 and 2006, isn't ready to count itself out.

    "It's Little League, anything can happen," Marshall said. "If we bounce back and win (today), then it's for all the marbles on Sunday."

    "All you have to do is to look at all the banners out there to know that Jesse Burkett is a good team," DeJoie said.
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    Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
    Date:Jul 21, 2007
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